You write till the bottom of the fifth page if you have five pages. Not 4.5. 5. You can be a few lines short, but you can't just skip 10% or more of the document length. Bibliographies, citations, research, and other materials do not count...as far as I'm aware.
Minimum length papers are common in law schools and many medical schools. It's a way for professors to ensure that students actually read the material they are assigned and don't cheat by using part of a longer book or article. In most cases (including at UNC-CH), students receive points against them if their paper is too short. Sometimes this is called a "penalty" paper.
Read the assignment carefully before you start writing. Some things may not be clear until you get into it, but others should be simple once you understand what the professor wants from you. For example, suppose your professor asks you to describe various types of literature used in history courses. Before you start writing, make sure you know what kinds of literature are being used in history courses today!
Also remember that these papers need to be readable and understandable by others who did not attend the class or seminar where you received feedback on your work. This usually means avoiding technical jargon and explaining complex ideas in simple terms.
A five-page document is generally the result of substantial and thorough content. This implies that organizing and managing information overload is a typical difficulty. It also means that there is a lot to say on the topic.
In academic writing, a five-page paper is a common length. Many institutions require students to submit papers of this length when submitting assignments as part of their degree programs.
There are two types of five-page papers: research papers and analytical papers. In a research paper, you will often see a list of topics with associated questions at the end of the paper. These are known as "callouts." In an analytical paper, each page usually has several sections requiring different levels of analysis or discussion. These are called "heading" pages. The main body of the paper consists of integrated paragraphs that explain the issues raised by the callout or heading. Each paragraph should have a clear beginning and ending point. Long paragraphs should be broken up into smaller parts.
Five-page papers are not too difficult to write if you plan them out ahead of time. Start by listing all the issues arising from the topic list. For each issue, think about what kind of analysis would be required and how it could be accomplished within the limits of space. Then, organize your thoughts around these issues.
"Write a short paper": Typically, a brief paper is three to five pages long. "Publish a research paper online": Many researchers post their papers online for others to read and comment on. These papers tend to be shorter than those published in journals; some are only one page long. "Present findings at a conference": A one-hour talk is usually given by participants in academic conferences. Often, these presentations are limited to 15 minutes each. A longer presentation may include 20 or 25 minutes of discussion time after the speaker's conclusion.
In general, the shorter the paper, the more likely it is to be published. Short papers are preferred by many editors because they make it easier for them to decide whether to publish them. If an article is too long, editors may need to reject it.
The length of articles published in scientific journals typically range from 200 to 8000 words (5 to 20 pages). Some journals, such as Nature, Cell, and Science, will not accept articles under 400 words (10 pages) because they believe that readers should be able to understand important ideas within a reasonable amount of time. Other magazines, such as Reader's Digest and Time, are less strict about page limits.
If a document is intended to be 5 pages long, I believe you're done once you reach page 5. Even if it's only a sentence, as long as you're on the fifth page, it's acceptable. She believes that you must have the 5th page substantially or entirely filled out, and maybe a phrase or two on the 6th, in order to satisfy the requirements. The editor may still ask for more information or examples to make sure you've covered everything, but as long as you've got enough space, you're good to go.
Of course, if you want to write another whole page beyond what's required, that's fine too! The last page doesn't have to be completely blank - you can include any kind of appendix or resource list that might help the reader understand things better. As long as you keep the overall length under 10 pages, your paper will be accepted.
No fewer than four complete pages. It is up to the professor. If my philosophy teachers state the paper should be four pages long and you just have a few phrases on the fourth page, you've reached the page requirement. Four whole pages. Yes, that's what it means.
However, if they say write a three-page paper but only include two ideas on each page, then you're not meeting the requirement.
Also, note that using file space efficiently is important. Word documents or PDF files with only text in them cannot be broken down into smaller parts to meet the page limit. The only option is to delete some words! You should try not to do this though as it makes reading the document harder.
Finally, don't forget to submit your paper on time! If you wait until the last minute to write your paper, you are likely to produce something that isn't perfect yet. Start early and keep going!
5 double-spaced pages isn't awful at all. If you need to reference information in a research paper, that's an entirely different beast... but it's still easy to tame. When done, make the essential citations in your work and copy them into your "draft" document. Now, you're ready to publish!
The easiest way to do this is probably to set up a writing schedule. On days when you don't have much else going on, try writing for half an hour three times a week. You can break up your work time into fifteen-minute intervals, with five minutes to read over what you wrote the last time around. This will help you stay focused on your topic instead of getting distracted by other things.
Of course, people who know you well may not be surprised to hear that you write every day. If they ask how you manage it all so quickly, just tell them about your planning tool: Google Docs. It's free and easy to use, which makes it perfect for keeping track of everything you want to write about. From there, it's just a matter of clicking away until it's done.
Finally, don't worry about how many words you get on each page. Just make sure you include enough relevant information for your audience to understand your topic clearly. Then go back and edit later if needed.